This photo of Prince Charles in Australia is drumming up some serious controversy

Did Someone Grab Prince Charles' Bum in Australia?

LONDON — It wouldn't be a royal visit if there weren't one or two strange moments, and Prince Charles and Camilla's trip to Australia has been absolutely no exception.

It's only been a few days since those mildly terrifying photos of Camilla holding a knife were released, and now there's a new picture everyone seems to be talking about.

Here's Prince Charles being guided along by Janine Kirk, chief executive of The Prince's Charities Australia, in Sydney on Thursday.

Prince Charles Janine Kirk

Wait for it....

Prince Charles Janine Kirk

...wait for it...

Prince Charles Janine Kirk

Oh. Dear. God.

The Australian press were in shock.







The story made the front pages back in Britain, too.


There was no shortage of puns about the incident.


A lot of the press focussed on the whole "no touching" thing — the rumoured royal protocol that many think prohibits people from touching members of Royal Family, and which sparked a big debate that time LeBron James put his arm around Kate Middleton — while others commented on the slightly precarious positioning of her hand in the photo.

However, the official website of the British Monarchy states that "there are no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting The Queen or a member of the Royal Family," and Kirk has described the claims that she patted the royal bottom as "ridiculous."

"I didn't touch him," she told Sky News. "I was guiding him around the event. It is just a funny camera angle.

"As if I would touch his bottom. It is just ridiculous."

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